This day in history
today at 5:15 pm
In the future, when this day is history, what will future historians say about us, how we live now? There will be archives, daily news of life and deaths in these pandemic times.
People are also keeping personal diaries and notebooks. There are Zoom meetings. And there are blogs, here on ChicagoNow, and elsewhere. There are posts on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other social media. There will be many stories.
And even when this world as we know it is gone, like civilizations before us, there will still be records of how we lived here, in these uncertain times. How we cheered a beautiful day in May, the cloudless blue sky and the blooming lilacs and crabapples. How we put on masks, and planted tomatoes.
But more than that, future scientists will be able to study the impact of how our lives changed, and how the earth changed as well.
The story is in the glacial ice. You can read more about it here, in this article from Popular Mechanics. Much like tree rings, ice cores tell a story of climate.
They also hold evidence of volcanic dust, atmospheric concentrations, and ancient viruses. The ice cores contain ash from Krakatoa and radiation from Chernobyl. And they will tell the story of COVID-19. The evidence will be there, and the coronavirus, too.
The article explores how the Great Plague in the 1300’s changed the atmosphere and the environment. There have been disasters and plagues before, but humans have survived.
Our lives are very different, today. We are learning more and more how things are connected, from weather patterns to supply chains.
But already there is less pollution in cities in the US, and in China–two major polluting nations. Every day, we are changing. Every day, we have a chance to change the future.
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